Arlington, Virginia --
The Institute for the Psychological Sciences´ (IPS) is working
to make its educational programs “even more robust in terms
of training and employment opportunities after graduation.”
IPS is a Catholic graduate school
of psychology offering master´s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology
and a master´s degree in general psychology. The
Institute´s distinctive curriculum integrates the science of psychology with the
Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family.
According to a
recent IPS press release, the institute’s Board of Directors unanimously
approved significant changes to the master´s program. In
response to feedback from IPS students, graduates and faculty, the
clinical psychology program will be compressed into two years and
two summers, including a full-year externship. Currently the
externship adds a third year to the program.
(Students already enrolled at IPS will not be impacted.)
Over the last few
years, IPS has been enhancing this program, making continual improvements
to the MS-Plus Practicum Option. These new changes will allow
students to pursue their careers in the mental health profession
a year earlier.
Stephen Hamel, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of the Master´s Program in
Clinical Psychology, said, "We believe these new changes to our
program will result in even better trained graduates with credentials
for possible licensure in a variety of mental health fields."
"This is a
very propitious step for our 12-year-old institution,” said IPS President
Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., J.C.L. “We´re committed
to making our students´ experience here -- and after graduation
-- a very positive one."
The revised program will offer broad-based clinical
training combined with academic, practical and personal knowledge.
The goal is for each student to become competent in
diagnosis, treatment planning and psychological intervention with children, adults, couples,
and families through the Catholic anthropological lens.